There is no question that today we live in a digital world, and almost everything we use in our homes, offices, medical centers, and even automobiles, is largely controlled and run by Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled devices, programs, and applications.
In the medical field, over 3 million patients1 are using devices such as Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), as well as 23.4 million patients being remotely monitored2 for chronic conditions with B/P cuffs, scales, and other remote medical monitoring devices.
Remote monitoring devices have become increasingly popular in healthcare, enabling patients to receive continuous care and monitoring outside of physician’s offices and clinics. Therefore, there are some important matters that those in the healthcare field need to be aware of in order to maintain compliance and privacy when it comes to cybersecurity related to patients using remote monitoring devices.
Mitigating Risks for RPM Devices
In the face of so much potential cybercrime and data breaches, risks must be mitigated to keep patients safe and the patient data secure. Several measures should be implemented in order to maintain a secure system as much as possible.
How Cardiac RMS Protects Its Partners’ Patients
Cardiac RMS has been SOC2 certified and compliant for many years and will continue to do so into the future. SOC2 is a voluntary compliance standard developed by the American Institute of CPAs for service organizations. The compliance standard is based upon the following Trust Services Criteria: availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. This ensures that Cardiac RMS has the utmost respect for patient data and prioritizes strict security measures.
Our highly-trained and certified staff are closely vetted and aware of potential risks in order to report any unusual communications or patient data readings.
The device manufacturers with whom we work are cognizant of cybersecurity risks and make every effort to make sure devices are as secure as possible at all times.
It’s important to note that cybersecurity is an evolving field, and cybercriminals are coming up with new ways to breach data and devices almost daily! Staying current and keeping up with the latest developments from cybersecurity professionals and healthcare providers is crucial to ensure patient data security and privacy in remote monitoring devices.
Cardiac RMS LLC is a clinical service partner with expertise in remote monitoring of patients who have a cardiac pacemaker, implantable cardiac defibrillator, implantable heart failure device, or implantable loop recorder. Services also include Virtual Care Management, utilizing Remote Physiologic Monitoring (RPM) and care management to remotely support the treatment of patients with chronic conditions.